Biographical sketch of HON. JOSEPH W. AVERY from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 533-534
HON. JOSEPH W. AVERY
Ex-judge Joseph W. Avery was born in Pickering township, Ontario, December 24, 1848, a son of Anthony R. and Sarah (Hilbourne) Avery, the former a native of Syracuse, New York, and the latter of Pennsylvania, of good old Quaker stock.Anthony R. and Sarah Avery were married in Canada, and in 1862 came to St. Clair county, Michigan, and here Mr. Avery bought eighty acres of land in section 4, Grant township, improved the place, and later on added another eighty-acre tract.He finally sold this property and made a prospecting trip to Illinois and Missouri to buy land, but soon returned to St. Clair county and bought a farm in section 2, Grant township, where his wife passed away June 30, 1890, and where his own death occurred September 28, 1895, both in the faith of the Baptist church.In politics Anthony R. Avery was a Republican, but never held a public office.To Anthony R. and Sarah Avery were born the following children:Joshua B., who is a farmer in Sanilac county; Stephen H., in Jackson, Michigan; Alexander R., who resided in Port Huron, and there died in May, 1901; Joseph W., whose name opens this record; Hannah J., who is the wife of Eli McLain, and is living in Clyde township; Sarah, wife of Crozier Rutledge, lives in Grant township; Lincoln, of Port Huron, of whom a record is given on another page of this volume, and Margaret, who lives in Greenwood township, this county.
Hon. Joseph W. Avery was primarily educated in the common schools, after leaving which he attended the Normal Institute at Ypsilanti, from which he was graduated as a teacher, and for two years taught at Yale, Michigan.Judge Avery was married December 31, 1876, to Miss Carrie C. Potter, of Jeddo, Michigan, a daughter of Nelson and Lurena Potter, both of whom were born in New York.Nelson Potter came to St. Clair county and settled in Jeddo, where he died in September, 1887; his widow now resides with Mrs. Avery and his daughter at Jeddo, having attained the advanced age of ninety-two years.To Judge Avery and wife were born two children: Jessie J. and Harry.Mrs. Avery departed this life May 5, 1899.
In 1876 J. W. Avery was admitted to the bar at Port Huron, where he practiced until 1898, when he was forced to relinquish his extensive legal business on account of failing health.In the meantime, however, he had been elected probate judge of St. Clair by the Republican party, of which he is a leading member, and filled this responsible and honorable position from 1882 to 1890.Since 1898 he has lived on his farm at Jeddo, which consists of two hundred and twenty acres of most valuable land, and is looked upon as one of the finest homesteads in St. Clair county.Judge Avery takes pride in his live stock, and makes a specialty of breeding thoroughbred shorthorn cattle, having a herd of thirty head.He is a member of Pine Grove Lodge, F. & A. M., and the chapter at Port Huron; he is also a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and the Baptist church of the same city.From what has been said of the Judge, the reader will readily perceive that he is one of the prominent and useful residents of Grant township and St. Clair county.He has been one of the most public spirited citizens of St. Clair county, and has ever been among the foremost in contributing his full share toward promoting such measur4es as have been conducive to the happiness and prosperity of the community.
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